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Homemade Valentines for Your Pet

February 15, 2014
(Found Animals Foundation photo)

(Found Animals Foundation photo)

Is your pet just like any other member of the family? If so, then you probably celebrate holidays and birthdays with your furry four-legged friends. So get creative this year and check out our simple craft ideas to make your pet a little happier this Valentine’s Day and upcoming weekend!

1) Knit or crochet a brand new toy!

Does your dog love to chew and play with expensive dog toys? Why not knit or crochet a new dog toy that your pal will sure to love. Get in the Valentine’s Day spirit and knit a red dog bone or a cute pink heart. Here is a free pattern from Ravelry to help you get started on your project.

Is your cat obsessed with batting around little objects hanging around the house? Go ahead and knit them a new ball or a little mouse attached to a string that they will surely love! Get started with a free “Pawsitive Mouse” pattern from SimplyKnitting.

2) Get out your baking pan and cook up something delicious for your pet!

Yes, you can actually bake safe and healthy treats for your animal without having to shell out money for the expensive version.

Yumm, bacon! If your pet loves bacon, then they will go crazy for these homemade treats.

Bacon Bites
1 ½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup wheat germ
½ cup melted bacon fat
½ cup cold water
1 large egg

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until dough forms. Add flour if the dough is too sticky. Roll the mixture onto a floured surface, with a thickness of just under ½ inch. Then cut the dough into bars and transfer bars on a baking sheet. Poke small holes into the bars and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

Don’t forget, there are many foods that are hazardous to your family pet. Don’t leave out Valentine’s Day chocolates for Fido or Fluffy to get their paws on, as chocolate is toxic to animals. Other foods that are hazardous to pets include avocado, bread dough, ethanol, grapes and raisins, some nuts, onions and garlic and many more. Consult with your veterinarian before feeding your animal any non-pet foods.

Enjoy Valentine’s Day and don’t forget to include your pet

– By Rachelyn Provencher

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